- Class Number 3334
- Term Code 2930
- Class Info
- Unit Value 12 units
- Mode of Delivery Online or In Person
- Dr Raquel Ormella
- Rohan Nicol
- Richard Whiteley
- Ashley Eriksmoen
- Class Dates
- Class Start Date 25/02/2019
- Class End Date 31/05/2019
- Census Date 31/03/2019
- Last Date to Enrol 04/03/2019
This course provides students with training in research principles and methods especially as they relate to practice-led research. The course covers research writing modes and methods, studio investigative processes and methodologies, and critical thinking. Students will experiment with skills relevant to individual research projects.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
Upon Successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
- Devise, plan and execute a body of studio investigations.
- Select and combine materials and processes skilfully to
give visual form to ideas.
- Develop a studio-based methodology relevant for a
- Apply progressive research questions to studio
- Identify and describe relevant historical and
contemporary practices and relate them to the project's concerns by integrating
studio and contextual investigation/research.
- Explain and provide a rationale for the practice-led research project.
In Research Methods and Processes 1 students will expand and develop their writing skills, learning how to describe, analyse and evaluate their own work and the work of others in writing. They will practice exegetical and research writing modes and will develop critical and reflective thinking in relation to their own work, and to the work of others.
Students are encouraged to consider how their chosen themes or subjects might lead them to explore the language and potential of studio-based research in new and significant ways. They will learn to articulate how their material choices give rise to different readings, and how their practice-based research can be contextualised both historically and in the contemporary field.
This course is aimed at developing skills relevant to all disciplines in the Honours cohort and provides examples to model how practice-led research is carried out. It is not individualised or discipline-based teaching. Students are required to be open and curious and to apply examples laterally to their own discipline and individual research projects.
No field trips are mandatory however in week 1 intensive we will be visiting Canberra museum and Gallery and or Craft ACT as part of our formal analysis exercise. Each facility has full access for those with special needs relating to access off buildings
Additional Course Costs
As part of this class the students works on their self-directed project for the CASS Thesis course. There may be costs associated with these projects.
Students are required to provide their own materials for their studio projects. There are no additional materials fees for the Research Methods and Processes 1 Seminar class. Each Workshop will have access fees specific to each discipline. Please refer to individual workshops.
Students are to write and submit the Exegesis in electronic form. It is recommended that the students either have their own computers or use the Information Commons computers to work. Information and resources will be posted regularly.
Students are expected to participate by completing preparatory tasks as required and by being active in discussion in class and studio feedback sessions. The writing tasks will be outlined and worked on during in the All Honours classes and Workshop Seminar Sessions. If you choose not to attend these you will disadvantage yourself as information on the standard of work and course expectations will be modelled and demonstrated during these classes. Feedback on individual writing will be given as appropriate.
ANU is committed to the demonstration of educational excellence and regularly seeks feedback from students. Students are encouraged to offer feedback directly to their Course Convener or through their College and Course representatives (if applicable). The feedback given in these surveys is anonymous and provides the Colleges, University Education Committee and Academic Board with opportunities to recognise excellent teaching, and opportunities for improvement. The Surveys and Evaluation website provides more information on student surveys at ANU and reports on the feedback provided on ANU courses.
Assessment of Studio Investigations will be in the Exam Period.
|Week/Session||Summary of Activities||Assessment|
|1||RMP 1 Intensive - Monday 10 -1, 2-4:30; Tuesday 9-30-12:30; Friday, 9:30 -1 see Wattle for rooms|
|2||RMP 1 Intensive - Monday 10 -1, 2-4:30; Tuesday 9-30-12:30; Friday, 9:30 -1 see Wattle for rooms|
|3||No All Honours class - Workshop Group Seminars Wednesday 9-10:30 Convenor Consultation hours Wednesday 2:30 – 4 by appointment|
|4||No All Honours class - Workshop Group Seminars Wednesday 9-10:30 Convenor Consultation hours Wednesday 2:30 – 4 by appointment|
|5||No All Honours class - Workshop Group Seminars Wednesday 9-10:30 Convenor Consultation hours Wednesday 2:30 – 4 by appointment|
|11||No class See your supervisor for a time to discuss your draft of your Expanded Proposal|
|12||No class Expanded Proposal due Monday 8pm||Assessment # 1 Due|
|Assessment task||Value||Due Date||Return of assessment|
|Studio Investigations||80 %||06/06/2019||04/07/2019|
|Expanded Proposal||20 %||29/05/2019||04/07/2019|
* If the Due Date and Return of Assessment date are blank, see the Assessment Tab for specific Assessment Task details
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Moderation of Assessment
Marks that are allocated during Semester are to be considered provisional until formalised by the College examiners meeting at the end of each Semester. If appropriate, some moderation of marks might be applied prior to final results being released.
Students are expected to participate by completing preparatory tasks as required and by being active in discussion in class and studio feedback sessions.
Assessment Task 1
Work and tests to be installed in the workshop area. If in progress, work must be installed to give a sense of how it will be displayed when complete. Works in progress and rejects should also be included. New media students must have rendered tests and projects to the stage of its development. The work is marked, and students are encouraged to have developed some work to a finished stage. Work should be accompanied by tests and material that display the contextual research, for example: research journals, books and monographs of artists/designers of interest. Students are given 10 minutes to introduce their project and explain its development. This is followed by 10 minutes of discussion, then 10 minutes of time when the panel and student write up feedback together.
Marked by panel: Assessment panel 3 people (supervisor, Head of Workshop or Area Convenor, and Honours Convenor Raquel Ormella).
Assessment Task 2
A 2 to 3 page summary of your project and the progressive questions you have been addressing; and a power point of slides of your work and the work of 3 to 4 artists you are using as your contextual references, with notes; and an annotated bibliography of 5 key texts and reading list. These items will evidence your research topic and the development of your studio-based research. Your discussion needs to focus on describing and evaluating your studio work and providing a contextual research rationale and examples of relevant artists/designers. More information about how to do these tasks will be covered in weeks 7,8, and 9 and in the seminar sessions.
This essay must be submitted to Turnitin and uploaded to the essay portal.
Marked by panel: Assessment panel 1-2 people, with a selection bench marked submissions marked by 3: SOA&D staff and moderator (Raquel Ormella).
Devise, plan and execute a body of studio investigations
A body of work of exceptional quality with a very high level of originality and insightfulness.
A body of work of high quality with a high level of originality and insightfulness.
A competent body of work that has some originality.
Adequate body of work.
Incomplete or flawed body of work or project.
Select and combine materials and processes skilfully to give visual form to ideas.
Exceptionally skilful selection and combination of materials and processes Exceptional presentation of ideas in visual form
High quality selection and combination of materials and processes High quality presentation of ideas in visual form
Competent selection and combination of materials and processes Competent presentation of ideas in visual form
Selection and/or combination of materials and processes evident Adequate presentation of ideas in visual form
Selection and/or combination of materials and processes not adequate Presentation of materials and processes not adequate
Develop a studio-based methodology relevant for a specified topic.
An exceptional level of skills & knowledge astutely applied to develop & articulate the project
Very high level of skills & knowledge applied to develop & articulate the project
Capable application of appropriate skills & knowledge to develop and articulate project
Basic skills & knowledge applied to develop and articulate project.
Appropriate skills & knowledge not evident in developing or articulating project
Apply progressive research questions to studio investigations.
Critical analysis applied to relevant materials, processes and concepts. Demonstrates critical evaluation of work to develop research. Key concepts are clearly explained and critically engaged with
Analysis applied to relevant materials, processes and concepts. Demonstrates sound evaluation of work to develop research. Key concepts are explained but not consistently engaged with.
Processes and concepts are described. Attempts made to analysis, attempts made to evaluation work to develop research. Limited explanation of key concepts. Materials, processes are described
Materials, processes are described, limited evaluation of work to develop research, limited description only of key concepts
Concepts, materials, processes are not described, no evaluation of work to develop research, key not explained
Identify and describe relevant historical and contemporary practices and relate them to the projects concerns by integrating studio and contextual investigation/research.
Highly sophisticated engagement with theoretical research. Critically analyses, and evaluates and synthesises with studio outcomes.
High-level reflection on a range of theoretical issues. Critically analyses and evaluates the studio research.
Shows some developing capacity for theoretical concerns, but limited reflection at this stage. Analyses and attempts to evaluates the studio research
Capacity or interest in theoretical engagement at a basic level, needs to expand horizons to effectively analyse outcomes. Does not evaluate the studio research.
Lack of evidence of reflection on broader theoretical issues. No critical analysis or studio research evaluation.
Explain and provide a rationale for the practice-led research project.
Rationale for studio and contextual investigation / research is exceptional.
Rationale for studio and contextual investigation / research is thorough
Rationale for studio and contextual investigation / research is competent
Rationale for studio and contextual investigation / research is adequate.
Rationale for studio and contextual investigation / research is inadequate
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For some forms of assessment (hand written assignments, art works, laboratory notes, etc.) hard copy submission is appropriate when approved by the Associate Dean (Education). Hard copy submissions must utilise the Assignment Cover Sheet. Please keep a copy of tasks completed for your records.
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Dr Raquel Ormella